Writing Competitions

Competition Listings – Please Read

Please note that apart from the Creative Writing Ink Free to Enter Competition and the Writing Prompt competition, all other listings are for external competitions. If you have a question about these competitions, please contact the competition organisers by clicking the website link in each listing. Unfortunately, we cannot assist with queries on external competitions. […]

Southam Book Festival 2019 – Flash Fiction Competition

The Southam Book Festival 2019 – Flash Fiction Competition is open until September 21, 2019. Entries must be no more than 100 words and must contain the words ‘water dripped’. Entry Fee: £2 per story or £8 for up to six stories. First Prize is £50 and there will also be prizes for runners up […]

The Nan Shepherd Prize for Nature Writing 2019

The Nan Shepherd Prize for Nature Writing 2019 is open until September 10, 2019. Free to enter. The competition aims to celebrate nature writing and to provide an inclusive platform for new and emerging nature writers from underrepresented backgrounds. The winner will receive a book deal with Canongate – including editorial mentoring and an advance […]

John Byrne Award

The John Byrne Award is open until January 31, 2020. Free to enter. Open to 16-30 year olds living in Scotland. The award is an online exhibition and competition exploring personal and societal values. There will be a monthly prize for the single best entry received in every month. Then the judges will review all […]

The Henshaw Competition

The Henshaw Short Story Competition is open until September 30, 2019. Submit a short story on any theme up to 2000 words.  Prizes: £200, £75, £25. Entry Fee: £6 The winning entries will also be published on the Henshawpress website and in an anthology. More here.

Dinesh Allirajah Prize

The Dinesh Allirajah Prize is open until October 25, 2019. The prize is organised by the University of Central Lancashire and Comma Press. Free to enter. One entry per writer. The prize is open to anyone 18 years or over who is a resident of the UK. Submit stories between 2,000 and 6,000 words on […]

WOW! Women On Writing Contests

The WOW! Women On Writing Q4 2019 Creative Nonfiction Essay Contest is open until July 31, 2019. Submit creative nonfiction essays on any topic (200 – 1000 words) and in any style. Prizes: $500, $300, $200. The prizes also include publication, an interview and a gift card from CreateWriteNow’s Store. The runners-up and honourable mentions […]

Oxford Brookes International Poetry Competition 2019

The Oxford Brookes International Poetry Competition 2019 is open until September 2, 2019. Judge: Jackie Kay There are two poetry categories: English as Second Language and Open Category. The prizes in both categories are: £1000, £200 Entry Fee: £5 per poem, or £4 per poem for more than three entries. You may enter a maximum […]

F(R)ICTION Summer 2019 Literary Contests

The F(R)ICTION Summer 2019 Literary Contests are open until July 31, 2019. There are short fiction, flash fiction, and poetry categories. Prizes: Short fiction: first prize $1,000. Flash fiction: first prize $300. Poetry: first prize $300. Submit one short story (1000 – 7,500 words), one flash (under 750 words), or one poem. Entry Fee: $15 […]

Fiction Factory Flash Competition 2019

The Fiction Factory Flash Competition 2019 is open until July 31, 2019. Prizes: £150, £50 and £25. No theme. Submit max 500 words. The winning stories will be published on their website and in a planned anthology. Judge: Helen Cox Entry Fee: £6 More here.

Young Persons’ Writing Competition

The Young Persons’ Writing Competition opens on July 5, 2019 and closes on September 5, 2019. Free to enter. Open to 10–16 year olds. They will be publishing the entries on their travel blog along with an author bio. Prizes are also on offer for their favourite 3 entries. First prize is a family ticket […]

Jack Grapes Poetry Prize 2019

The Jack Grapes Poetry Prize 2019 is open until August 31, 2019 (midnight, Pacific Time). Free to enter. You may submit up to two previously unpublished poems. Three winners will receive $250 each and publication. Six finalists will receive $75 each, plus publication. More here.

NUHA Blogging Prize 2019

The NUHA Blogging Prize 2019 is open until October 12, 2019. Free to enter. The prize comes from the charity, the NUHA foundation. The competition is a blogging competition. To participate, respond to one of the set topics on their site. There are three categories: Adult, Youth and Young Writer. Prizes: Adult Prize: up to […]

Ruth Rendell Short Story Competition 2020

The Ruth Rendell Short Story Competition 2020 will open on August 1, 2019 and will close on December 2, 2019 (5pm). The competition is hosted by the charity InterAct Stroke Support. The charity is dedicated to supporting stroke recovery by using professional actors to deliver hospital readings and community projects. The readings are designed to […]

Sterts Theatre One Act Play Writing Competition 2019

The Sterts Theatre One Act Play Writing Competition 2019 is open until September 30, 2019. The competition is open to anyone aged 16 and upwards. Entries must be original plays and should not be previously published or publicly performed. Entry fee per play: £8 The play should have a running time of 25-35 minutes, should […]

2019 Manchester Writing Competition

The 2019 Manchester Writing Competition is open until September 20, 2019. There are £10,000 prizes for the best short story of up to 2,500 words and the best portfolio of three to five poems (maximum combined length: 120 lines). Entry Fees: £17.50 for each category. There are a limited number of reduced price entries for […]

Free to Enter Creative Writing Ink Competition

We are looking for short stories or poetry and the word limit is 3,000 words (for short stories) or 40 lines (for poetry). Entries should be in English and we accept submissions from writers around the world of any age. You can submit one entry every month. Please feel free to resubmit your work every month. We do not accept previously published material.

The Val Wood Prize 2019: Love Letters

The Val Wood Prize 2019: Love Letters is open until September 21, 2019. Free to enter. Submit stories in the form of a love letter, up to 1500 words. Prizes: £100, £50 and two concessions of £25. The winning entries will also be published on Val Wood’s website and Borrowbox, the digital library. More here.

Creative Writing NZ Competition

The Creative Writing NZ Competition is an ongoing monthly competition. No entry fee. Submit one story each month. Open theme, up to 3,000 words. Open to all nationalities. You must be aged 18 and over to enter. Prize: NZ$30. The winning author will also be offered publication on their webiste. More here.

Michael Terence Publishing Short Story Competition

The Michael Terence Publishing Short Story Competition is open until July 31, 2019. Prizes: £300, £200, £100. The winning entries will be published in the MTP Summer Anthology. Submit stories of up to 3,000 words. Open to writers around the world, writing in English. Entry Fee: £5 More here.

Perito Prize

The Perito Prize will open on September 1st and close on October 1st, 2019. Free to enter. Submit short stories, 1000-2000 words. Theme: Accessibility. One entry per person. First Prize is a cash prize of £250 and the story will be published on their website. Further details here.

Saveas Writers’ International Writing Competition 2019

The Saveas Writers’ International Writing Competition 2019 is open until August 31, 2019. To celebrate the 50th anniversary of the first moon landing, they invite poems and stories on any aspects of humanity’s relationship with the cosmos – the moon, stars and planets, astronomy or astrology, space exploration, UFOs. There are poetry and prose categories. […]

Writing Prompt Competition

We also run another free to enter competition, which is our writing prompt competition. It runs every two months. Prize: The prize changes every two months. For full details, please visit our Writing Prompts page.

Foyle Young Poets of the Year Award 2019

The Foyle Young Poets of the Year Award 2019 comes from the Poetry Society. Free to enter. Open to writers between the ages of 11 and 17. Submit poems of any length, in English. Deadline: July 31, 2019. Judges: Raymond Antrobus and Jackie Kay The winners will be invited to attend a week-long residential writing […]

The Betjeman Poetry Prize

The Betjeman Poetry Prize is open until July 31, 2019. Open to 10-13 year olds from the UK and Ireland. Free to enter. Theme: Place Judges: Wendy Cope and Lachlan Mackinnon First prize is £500 for the winner and £5,000 for the English Department at the winner’s school. The runners-up will receive £200. £50 each […]

Festival of Words Poetry Competition

The Festival of Words Poetry Competition is open until November 30, 2019. Free to enter for children. Entry fee for adults is £3. Theme: ‘My Mind, My Thoughts’. Prizes for adult category: Larkin prize: £500. Second prize: £200. Third Prize: £100 Primary school prize: £50. Secondary school prize: £75 The judging panel includes James Nash, […]

Quarto Translations/Golden Egg Academy Diversity Award

The Quarto Translations/Golden Egg Academy Diversity Awards are now open until July 31, 2019. The awards include the Diversity Award, Cultural Award and Hatchling Short Story Competition. The awards are aimed at encouraging diverse writers and diverse stories as well as providing opportunities for writers who would not normally be able to benefit from the […]

Kindle Storyteller Award

Amazon’s Kindle Storyteller Award is open until August 31, 2019. The award is open to authors who publish their book through Kindle Direct Publishing on Amazon.co.uk from 1st May 2019 to 31st August 2019. Your book should be in English, must be previously unpublished and should be at least 24 pages in paperback. The winner […]

Soundwork Monologue Competition

The Soundwork Monologue Competition is open until September 30, 2019. Free to enter. Any style or theme. Up to ten minutes duration. The winning entry will be recorded by a professional actor and will be placed on Soundcloud and soundwork-uk.co.uk along with a photo. More here.

Cranked Anvil Short Story Competition

The Cranked Anvil Short Story Competition is a quarterly competition. Submit up to 1,500 words. Any theme or genre. You may submit up to three stories in each quarter. Closing dates are: 30th April 31st July 31st October 31st January Entry fees: £5 for the first story, £3 for the second, £2 for the third […]

Winchester Poetry Prize

The Winchester Poetry Prize is open until July 31, 2019. Prizes: £1000, £500, £250. There is also a prize for the best poem by a Hampshire-based poet. The winners and longlisted poets will be invited to read at an awards event in October. Winning and commended poems will be published in a special anthology. Submit […]

Writing Writers Drabble Contest

The Writing Writers Drabble Contest is a monthly competition. Free to enter. No set theme or subject matter. If you enter the competition, you are granting permission to publish the story on the Writing Writers Website so they can open voting. Submit one drabble per month. All entries will be posted on the website anonymously […]

Not So Normal Narrators 2019

The Not So Normal Narrators 2019 competition is open until August 31, 2019. This is an international competition, open to writers aged 14 and over. Submit stories, 2,000-5000 words. Prompt: Diverse and Unusual Teen Voices Prizes: £200, £100, £50. The top ten stories will also be included in an anthology, released in winter 2019. Entry […]

The Writing Quarter Competition

The Writing Quarter Competition is a free to enter short story competition. The deadline is the last day of each month. Submit short stories of up to 3,000 words. Open theme. Monthly prize is AUD$30. The winning author will also be given the option to publish their story on the website. The competition is open to […]

The Writing District Competition

The Writing District competition is an ongoing monthly competition. Closing last date of every month. Free to enter Prize includes $50 and online publication. Further details here.  Note that The Writing District is our sister site.

The To Hull And Back Humorous Short Story Competition

The To Hull And Back Humorous Short Story Competition is open until July 31, 2019. Prizes: 1st :£1,000, your head on the cover of a book and the opportunity to star in the winner’s video, riding a Harley Davidson to Hull. 2nd: £500. 3rd: £250. 3 x Highly Commended: £100. 14 x Shortlisted: £50. Submit […]

A3 Review Monthly Contest

The A3 Review monthly contest is open until the 4th Saturday of every month. They accept prose, poems, prose poems, graphic stories, hybrid forms, photography, illustration, painting. Maximum number of words is 150. The two winning entries each month are published in The A3 Review, to be published every six months. From this shortlist of […]

1000 Word Challenge Competition

The 1000 Word Challenge Competition is an ongoing quarterly writing competition. Submit stories of up to 1000 words. The theme changes every quarter. It costs £5 to enter and the top prize is £100. More here.

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